Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Black Cat

746 Words Oct 20th, 2016 3 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is a popular American writer and a central figure of romanticism in the United States. Poe presented many short stories; he is the first famous American to try to live by writing alone. One of his notorious short story’s is The Black Cat. He presented this short story on The Saturday Evening Post. Poe’s motive for writing this short story was to study the mindset of violence of a disturbed human being. In this short story some of Poe’s thoughts and visual imagery help him paint a full picture of Pluto, alcoholism, and depravity. First, a section of Poe’s thoughts and use of visual imagery helps him describe his cat Pluto. From the short story it says, “This latter was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree” (Poe 435). He describes Pluto as a beautiful large black cat, however he makes note that all black cats are “witches in disguise”. He says the word witches because he is now labeling all black cats to be evil and are bad luck. Also, the short story says, “I alone fed him, and he attended me wherever I went about the house. It was even difficulty that I could prevent him from following me through the streets” (Poe 435). Pluto is now described as his sidekick; he labels him as his favorite pet and playmate. As a result of using visual imagery, he describes Pluto in a good and loving manner. Next, Poe presents visual imagery by explaining alcoholism. In the short story it says, “One night as I…

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